Regional Workshop for West and Central Africa countries

Drought is the world’s costliest natural disaster and affects more people than any other form of natural catastrophe. Due to climate change and associated effects, the duration and intensity of drought is expected to increase in the coming decades. In order to address this pressing issue, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC), are collaborating to implement a UN-Water capacity development initiative on National Drought Management Policies (NDMP). The objective of this joint UN-Water initiative is to increase the capacities in developing countries and countries in transition on the development of risk-based national drought management policies.

In the framework of this initiative, six regional training workshops have been carried out: the sixth and final workshop being for West and Central Africa region, which was held from 04-07 May 2015 in Accra, Ghana. It was attended by 30 representatives from countries in the region: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, The Gambia and Togo.

The purpose of this webpage is to present the detailed contents of the 6th regional workshop.


1. Background Materials

Workshop Agenda Workshop Poster List of Participants Summary Report

2. National Reports

Burkina Faso Report 
Cameroon Report 
Cape Verde Report
Cote D'Ivoire Report
Ghana Report
Mali Report
Niger Report
Nigeria Report
Senegal Report 
The Gambia Report
Togo Report 

3. Presentations

Session 1: Opening session & overview

Overview of the initiative, objectives and scope of the workshop

(Daniel Tsegai, UNW-DPC)

Session 2: Setting the scene

Managing Drought Risk in a Changing Climate: The Role of National Drought Policy

(Keynote by Dr. Donald A. Wilhite)

Biodiversity and Drought

(David Coates, CBD)

Session 3: Drought monitoring and early warning systems

Drought monitoring and early warning systems

(Robert Stefanski, WMO)

Session 4: Vulnerability and risk assessment

Vulnerability and risk assessment

(Boubacar Cisse, UNCCD)

Session 5: Drought preparedness, mitigation and responses

Drought preparedness, mitigation and response

(Mohamed Bazza, FAO)

Session 6: Towards action plan – Developing national drought management policy

Towards developing National drought management policy:
The 10-Step Process

(Daniel Tsegai, UNW-DPC)

7. Photo Gallery

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